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post #1 of 16 Old 04-15-2010, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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How many tests do you ride at your shows?

I normally do 2 - either the first 2 or last 2 of the level. I might start entering Beau into all 4 tests in our future shows.

I normally don't see people entered into all 4 - do any of you do all 4?

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-15-2010, 12:14 PM
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If I am doing training or first level I might do two a day. I normally just do one.
This year, because I have a freestyle, I may end up doing two in a day however that would be a very rare occurrence.
I really like to just stick to one a day per horse and make it a really good test.
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I plan to do two at my shows. I am going to start out doing both intros (either the USDF or the club's versions) and later in the year might try my hand at the first training level test. It depends on how my horse does at shows, I've heard that he can be a total flake.

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I usually do 2 or 3, depending on the show.
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I do 4. Heck, if I am spending the money and the time, I may as well make it worth it right :)

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1-2 tests, any more and I feel like I would be pushing both him and myself. There are also rules at a bunch of the shows in my area that you can't enter in more than 3 tests anyways.

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Yes, I did find out tonight that the USDF limits their competitors to 3 tests for 4th level and below. But, I'm thinking the schooling shows that I've been dragging him out to won't care - more money in their pockets.

He's only doing training level... as hard as it gets is a stretchy circle. I figure if he can ride a test, gallop/jump around xc for 5 minutes then jump a stadium course, he can do 4 4-minute dressage tests with at least 1/2 hour breaks in between each one ;)

Also, when we ride 2 tests, it feels like he's just getting in his groove during our second test. The second test is always better since he had a chance to get used to the ring/judges stand/etc during the first test :)

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I usually ride 2-3 tests. Our shows are one day only so I don't have to worry about the show spanning over a few days. The test number all depends on what works best for us and shows off our good skills. We usually try all of the tests and then pick the ones that we can excel at. Each level usually has one really odd test that had a difficult transition or something, so we try to avoid that one.

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At all the comps I've been to the max you can do is 3 tests and they have to be consecutive levels (ie 2 prelim, 1 novice). I think its some kind of rule in Australia, but I'm not too sure.
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Yep Gidji usually you can only ride 3 per horse in Aus.
I generally ride 2 at consecutive levels. Sometimes I'll ride two at the same level depending on the horse I'm on.
The reason I like to have two tests is 1. It makes it worth the effort. Hours of preparation and lots of money into travelling and entries to only do one test makes it not so worth it. I usually have to travel over an hour to any dressage comps here.
and 2. generally my first test is a bit of a warm up test, I can see how the ground is riding, what the horse is feeling like etc. Usually my second test is best as I have got over the nerves and can just go out and focus on it.

I'll do 3 if the horse is fit enough and I need to get qualies.
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